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On Friday, Politico reported that former President Donald Trump's social media director Dan Scavino was behind a "secret" lawsuit against the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol insurrection filed last month.
"Scavino had originally tried to file the suit anonymously in federal court in Washington, D.C., but Judge Beryl Howell rejected his attempt to sue anonymously on Jan. 19, writing Scavino had 'failed to demonstrate a need for secrecy or identify consequences likely to befall' him for proceeding in the suit by using his own name," said the report.
"The Capitol riot panel had subpoenaed the phone records of Trump social media chief Dan Scavino in December, prompting him to sue Verizon," according to Politico. "Scavino, through his attorney Stan Brand, sought to fight the subpoena by arguing the select panel had no 'valid legislative purpose' to seek his information and thus their effort to force Verizon to cooperate was unenforceable. His argument echoes those made by others fighting subpoenas like MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell and pro-Trump commentator and radio host Sebastian Gorka. More than a dozen top Trump allies are suing the panel, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, attorney John Eastman and Meadows."
Scavino was first served with a subpoena in October, although it took the committee several days to reach him after he apparently hid to avoid being served.
Peter Navarro, who served as a trade adviser for former president Donald Trump, unsuccessfully tried to downplay the violence committed by Jan. 6 rioters on Friday.
After showing a clip of Trump calling the protesters "peaceful," MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Navarro: "He falsely says they were peaceful. ... Do you acknowledge they were not?"
"Look, I ran the Mall that day," Navarro responded. "It's all in my 'In Trump Time' book. I saw nothing but peaceful people walking along up to that Capitol. I did not personally observe storming the gates—"
"But you've seen it on tape," Melber responded, cutting off Navarro. "You know what happened. You know Donald Trump lied about it. I just played him lying about it."
"Where were the Capitol Hill police," Navarro said. "Where was the Pentagon and the National Guard?"
"The Capitol police were being beaten and attacked by Trump fans," Melber explained. "I think you know that."
Watch the clip as well as Navarro's full interview below.
Navarro (with fake indignation): \u201cWhere were the Capitol Hill police?\u201d\n\n@AriMelber with the TRUTH BOMB: \u201cThe Capitol Police were being beaten and attacked by Trump fans.\u201d\n\n#SeditiousConspiracy @Acynpic.twitter.com/okGwBZOaIU— Dena Grayson, MD, PhD (@Dena Grayson, MD, PhD) 1642808437
"The federal grand jury probe that led to the raid of Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar's home and office in Texas this week has begun issuing subpoenas, seeking records about a wide array of U.S. companies and advocacy organizations, many of them with ties to the former Soviet nation of Azerbaijan," reported Mike Levine. "Among the information being sought, according to one subpoena reviewed by ABC News, are records related to the congressman, his wife Imelda, and at least one of his campaign staffers."
Cuellar, who is also a co-chair of the Congressional Azerbaijan Caucus, is fully cooperating with the investigation, according to his attorney.
There is no indication at the moment that Cuellar or his wife are criminal targets of the investigation — but, according to the report, the information sought from them is broad-reaching.
"In addition to other information, the subpoena reviewed by ABC News seeks records 'relating to anything of value' that the congressman, his wife, and others close to them may have been offered by certain business leaders or foreign officials," said the report. "The subpoena also asks for records relating to any 'work, act, favor, or service' that Cuellar or his wife may have provided at the behest of certain foreign companies, government officials, American business leaders, or others."
Azerbaijan, a former Soviet state in central Asia, has a history of under-the-table lobbying practices in the United States to launder the reputation of its authoritarian regime.
Cuellar, a moderate who has represented Texas' 28th district since 2005, is facing a challenge from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros in this year's primary.